This month we will discuss:
- An opinion piece on enduring lengthy hard times.
- Leadership quotes.
- Progress on my new book
- Some Chesapeake News and product offerings
How Long will this Last?
On June 29, 1966, I entered the US Naval Academy to begin “Plebe Year.” It started off with a hot summer of physical exertion, mental fatigue, getting yelled at and called a cadre of new names, many of which I had never heard before and cannot repeat in this blog. The academic year was more of the same except there were about 3,000 more folks to torment you. The intent was to put you through a long period of time of misery; not to see if you could make it (most do), but to show you that you can make it. It built confidence. Plebe year has served me well all my life when I have had to endure some level of lengthy misery or woe.
However, the one thing about plebe year is I knew when it was going to end. As plebes, each day we would stand outside an upperclassman’s room and yell out the number of days left until First Class graduation which was about the same amount of time I had left as being a plebe. There was a finite date where it ended. Something to look forward to.
You know where I am going with this don’t you?
What a finite date delivers is an element of hope. Hope that whatever it is that you are enduring goes away, that what replaces it (perhaps it was what was there before hand) is much better than the current condition. When hope is lost despair quickly follows and all the negative consequences of despair.
Let’s ponder Romans 5:3-4; “We also have joy with our troubles, because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character, and character produces hope. And this hope will never disappoint us, because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts. He gave us his love through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to us.”
This pandemic has given many of us a little taste of what prison is like. Prior to all the lockdowns, I averaged over 2 hours per week “behind the fence” as a volunteer doing a variety of duties that involved interaction with inmates. One of the best ways to describe it is in the number of decisions we are free to choose from. Normally, you and I make an average of 200 decisions per day. A typical inmate in prison makes 20. With all the lockdowns and new policies our decision-making options have been diminished – we have lost a significant element of freedom.
Would you be shocked if I told you that some of the greatest joy, I have experienced in others are some of the inmates in prison? It is also quite a witness. Many times, I have heard the story of an inmate saying, “I don’t know what that dude is on, but whatever it is, I want some.”
Come to find out, what that dude is on is he is filled with the Holy Spirit. Joy and patience are fruits of the Spirit and combine with seven other fruits to produce character. And it is that character that produces hope. When there is no finite date in sight – are there any alternatives?
This is the shortest opinion piece or newsletter I have ever written. However, if embraced, it could be the most impactful for you.
Whatever type of prayer and meditation you routinely do you may want to figure out how to intensify it or figure a way to make it more robust. If you want me to give some additional input, pop me a note and I will do the best I can to help you. One thing I have done for several months now is each day I read Psalm 91 as a prayer in the first person. I think that is a good foundation.
Hang in there!!
- When achievers fail, they see it as a momentary event, not a lifetime epidemic. John Maxwell
- Can’t we all just get along? Rodney King
- The man who concentrates on the root system of his life is going to bear fruit upward, but if he concentrates on the eye-appealing foliage he may end up a rootless failure. Robert Foster
- The human considers himself “master” to his dog, but the dog considers his master “God.” Jack London
- I’m educating my white brothers in some capacity now that this struggle isn’t about color but about good and bad and right and wrong. We must do what is right. We must stop sitting back and being quiet and step up for justice and peace. Kerry Stevenson
- Procrastination is too high a price to pay for fear of failure. John Maxwell
- Now all glory be to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20
- Belief always transforms thinking. Thinking always determines actions. Actions always speak the truth about what you believe.
- Preach without ceasing. If you must, use words. Saint Francis of Asisi
- The greatest battle you wage against failure occurs on the inside, not the outside. John Maxwell
- Many will say that when someone helped them in their spiritual journey, it led to significant changes. Such relationships can accelerate growth and keep God at the forefront of personal decision making.
- The more you do, the more you fail….the more you learn…the better you get. John Maxwell
- Who has invested in your life? With whom will you invest time with?
Progress on the Book
The first draft of my new book “A White Man’s Guide For Racial Harmony – Advice for White Guys” is done. I completed this in 40 days, which is the fastest I have ever written a book. It is now in the hands of the publisher. Publishers are amazing on how they can improve a manuscript. It is quite humbling for a dufus writer like me to see what a professional can do to improve upon your work. I am looking forward to seeing the final product. We hope to have the book launched in August.
The book is designed to be read as an experience and we have developed a 12-week, one hour per week workshop that is designed to be interactive and create an experience that will change mindsets on racism. We feel it is a good alternative to the book “White Fragility” by Robin Diangelo. If you dislike that book or what others are saying about it; try my book or something else. The issue needs to be addressed so ignoring it should not be an option.
Some Chesapeake Consulting News
Thank heavens our government business is still doing well. We are continuing to do some information system security work and project programing work for the FAA. Our commercial side has taken a hit during this pandemic. However, we do have some exciting things going on and some great services to offer you. Here are a few:
- We love the ACT Job Profiling tool we offer. In addition to helping you in hiring and internal promotions it is a great way to perform and document a job description. If you are required to embrace ISO 9001 or the automotive equivalent, IATF 16949, we can make your job a lot easier.
- We are working with the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce and others to find grant money for these profiles.
- We hope to be working on a project with several local police departments to profile different positions within law enforcement. As many of them are the same across department, they will be able to pool resources to get this done. This would be great work and provide a service to our community.
- We still are offering education so you can have your own in-house expert of the DISC assessments. One of the foundations of leadership development is self-awareness. The DISC profiles are a standard tool in that arena. Many people just take the DISC and then wing-it with respect to give their employees feedback, or worse yet, they give no feedback at all. We can solve that problem for you and we are still always available if you have additional questions or need verification on an issue. Contact us for more information.
- We are offering a 12-week, one hour per week workshop on racism based on my new book. I personally think this is a better alternative than spending a boatload of money for Robin Diangelo to come and train you based on her book “White Fragility.” We are just starting to market this and for now pricing is almost 100% based on distance from Tuscaloosa as I plan to personally be involved in the first wave of workshops.
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